In May of last year it was reported that AT&T wanted to sell Muve Music, the music service they acquired when they bought Cricket. Muve has around 2 million paying subscribers.
Deezer has acquired Muve Music and is partnering with Cricket to bring their music service to mobile customers. Muve will be discontinued on February 7th. “Deezer from Cricket” will launch on January 31st .
Deezer from Cricket is available to Cricket’s LTE subscribers for $6 a month. Existing Muve subscribers can get an extended trial of the service that runs until March 31st. A shorter trial is available to Cricket’s other users. Free trials automatically roll into paid subscriptions unless cancelled.
Muve users will be able to transfer their libraries and playlists to Deezer.
Cricket users that don’t pay the monthly fee can access Deezer Free, a streaming radio service.
This announcement explains why it’s taken so long for Deezer to launch in the United States. Deezer opened a U.S. office in early 2014, but was only available as a premium hi-fi service with Bose or Sonos speakers.
Deezer also recently acquired Stitcher, saying they planned to add talk radio to their music service.
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